1st Edition

Far-Right Political Parties in Australia Disorganisation and Electoral Failure

By Jordan McSwiney Copyright 2024
    186 Pages 2 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines how Australian far-right parties organise and operate to better understand their limited electoral success.

    Australian far-right parties have yet to see results comparable to far-right parties in other contexts. Unlike many of their European counterparts that have made significant electoral gains up to and including participation in national governments, the Australian far-right parties of the ‘fourth wave’ have experienced relatively poor electoral results. But this does not necessarily mean that Australia is uniquely hostile to far-right politics. Focusing particularly on the 2019 Australian federal election, this book takes an organisational approach to better understand why Australian far-right parties struggle electorally. Through the novel lens of disorganised parties, the author argues that the failure to develop a functioning party organisation has resulted in Australian far-right parties being unable to effectively navigate their political environment. By focusing on disorganisation, this book provides a new perspective for understanding the limited electoral impact of the far right in Australia today, despite favourable conditions like normalised Islamophobia and growing dissatisfaction with mainstream parties.

    This book will be of interest to scholars and students of party politics, the far right, populism, and Australian politics.

    1 The electoral failure of far-right parties in Australia  2 From organisation to disorganisation: A framework for analysis  3 The party on paper: The official story of party governance  4 The party online: How far-right parties organise and mobilise on social media  5 The party in practice: Organisation and campaigns in action  6 Australian far-right parties as disorganised parties  7 Disorganised parties and the future of the Australian far right  Appendix: Digital data and methods


    Jordan McSwiney is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. His research focuses on the far right, with an interest in their ideology, organising practices, and use of the internet. His work has been published in journals such as the Australian Journal of Political Science, Information, Communication, & Society, and New Media & Society.